A total of 21 singers have made it through to the Livecheck stage of Switzerland’s Eurovision Song Contest 2017 selection process.
SRF has confirmed that a total of 21 singers have been selected to make it through to the Livecheck stage of the Swiss selection. In total 160 songs were submitted to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Over the past couple of weeks a jury made up of 21 music professionals, entertainment figures and television producers listened to all of the songs in the selection process to select the 21 going through to the Livecheck.
The Livecheck is being held on December 4th. The jury at the “Livecheck” will select between 6 and 10 songs to compete in the live final on February 5, where the Swiss public will pick their entry for the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Livecheck was introduced into the Swiss selection in 2014 to try and increase the standard of the songs and performances that made it through to the live final.
Switzerland are revamping their selection process this year having failed to make a final since 2014. The country has removed the regional quotas regarding the songs making it through to the final. Furthermore SRF/RTR has removed the online platform from their selection process. The new selection is hoped to bring Switzerland their best result in the contest since Sebalter in Copenhagen.
Switzerland was the first host of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, to date they have only missed four contests due to poor results forcing them to miss a contest. To date Switzerland has won the contest twice, the first being Lys Assia who won on home soil in Lugano. Their last victory came in 1988 when Celine Dion won in Ireland with the song “Ne partez pas sans moi”. In recent years Switzerland has struggled in the contest having made the final only twice in the past 10 years, in the past two years Switzerland has finished last in their semi final.